Featured Colourway: Wakefield Lilac

After last week's release of my new pattern, Wakefield Lilac Slouch, I figured it was a good time to talk about this colourway, Wakefield Lilac.

This colour didn't come to me, it was one that I knew what I wanted to have and I determined the perfect dye recipe for. I wanted a colourway that would only be around for 2014 and was inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014, Radiant Orchid. As a marketing and graphic design consultant as my day job, I am fairly aware of what is going on with Pantone. As a company, they have become pretty well redundant in terms of using pantone colours in graphic design and printing with CMYK and digital printing, they have managed to stay alive another way, forecasting design and colour trends. What a great way to stay relevant.

For me, I didn't want to dye the perfectly flat purple colour that may be associated with radiant orchid in pantone form, instead I wanted to work with the colour play that exists in their inspiration for the colour, the orchid itself that reflects so nicely with the tonal nature of kettle dyed yarns. I wanted to see that shades of purple in varying depths and the influence of burgundy and red in it. 

Then it came time to name this colourway and realistically I was going to have a hard time finding a local Georgian Bay influence for an orchid, but instead was struck by another flower that had the same shades and colour play, a lilac bush. There are two different shades of lilacs, the lighter and more blue that is commonly thought of and then the version of lilacs that are this exact shade.

Seemed like the perfect inspiration to me. In Parry Sound, there is a house at the corner of Bowes Street and Wakefield Street that has 10 feet tall lilac bushes acting as a fence around their entire property. Early in June, on a warm evening walk down to the bay, you can pass this home and the scent overwhelms you. To me, this means summer is here.

Now what to knit... I have a few ideas for you, not including the Wakfield Lilac Slouch, because really that is a bit obvious. Scroll down to see my ideas and click the photos to head to ravelry to find out more about the pattern and purchase it there.

Also, since it is a new week and a new colourway is featured, head over to the shop and save $2 per skein on the Wakefield Lilac colourway on any yarn or fibre.

Though appearing in a more typical Lilac shade, I think the Coriolis Effect Socks by verybusymonkey would be a perfect pairing for Kilcoursie Fingering in my Lilac shade. Image courtesy of verybusymonkey.

Though appearing in a more typical Lilac shade, I think the Coriolis Effect Socks by verybusymonkey would be a perfect pairing for Kilcoursie Fingering in my Lilac shade. Image courtesy of verybusymonkey.

The Riverbank cowl by Melissa Thompson of Sweet Fiber Yarns would be perfect pairing in Hennessy DK. Image courtesy of Melissa Thompson.

The Riverbank cowl by Melissa Thompson of Sweet Fiber Yarns would be perfect pairing in Hennessy DK. Image courtesy of Melissa Thompson.

I have big plans for Stria by Bristol Ivy in Pengallie Fingering in Sled Dog, Spring Foliage, and Wakefield Lilac. The yarn is even dyed, the knitting however, not quite there yet. Image courtesy of Bristol Ivy and Leah B. Thibault.

I have big plans for Stria by Bristol Ivy in Pengallie Fingering in Sled Dog, Spring Foliage, and Wakefield Lilac. The yarn is even dyed, the knitting however, not quite there yet. Image courtesy of Bristol Ivy and Leah B. Thibault.